Bill Encourages Combat Veterans To Join State Police

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — The Illinois State Police are looking for a few good men and women.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Dahl reports, a bill sponsored by state Rep. Edward Acevedo (D-Chicago) conveys the message that if you have served in the military, you have a lot to offer already.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Dahl reports

“Under this bill, applicants who have been honorably discharged, and were awarded an Afghan or Iraqi campaign medal, are deemed to meet the collegiate educational requirements, notwithstanding Department of the State Police Merit Board rules,” Acevedo said.

One lawmaker argued a military background could make an officer too combative, and the lack of a classroom experience would be a detriment.

“I personally don’t want to encounter a combative state police officer who didn’t learn anything about human relations, who didn’t learn anything about human relations, or who didn’t learn about the language that we speak,” said Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago), one of only three lawmakers to vote against the bill.

The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn.

  • RipTornUp

    Why would they want to join an organization that is under attack by lawmakers. These lawmakers have constantly robbed peter (pensions) to pay paul (pet projects) and now they are blaming those firefighters and police officers who put their lives on the line everyday for the acts of these thieving politicians.

  • Josh

    I can’t believe that Rep. Davis would say something so audacious. Does she really believe that military members don’t know about human relations? Apparently she believes that all military members are just mindless zombies that walk around and shoot at whatever moves. She must not realize that the U.S. Military does humanitarian missions, or joint training exercises. Both of these events require ‘velvet gloves’ when was the last time she had to personally deal with a crisis, without being able to understand anyone, or have them understand you. She should welcome military into the ISP, some of the best trained, quickest thinking, most level-headed and best disciplined people join the military every year. Rep. Davis, you make yourself appear ignorant, but I suppose that is why you’re in politics.

  • Jim Hamilton

    I personaly feel offended by the remarks of Davis after serving honorably for this this nation, our own lawmakers feel we are a threat to the people and country we love so much that we swore an oath to protect and defend and pay the ultimate price if and when the time comes.

    My GOD in heaven forgive me for I know nothing about humanity, but Supreme Ruler I have learned one thing I will let the way the lawmakers vote, determine how I vote. Amen.

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